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EcoTwin details its participation in the European Truck Platooning Challenge

A leading truck manufacturer has outlined its participation in next week’s European Truck Platooning Challenge, which is being organized by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, and will conclude with a conference at Intertraffic Amsterdam.

A consortium of DAF Trucks, TNO, NXP and Ricardo is uniting under the name EcoTwin to participate in the Challenge, which has the objective of obtaining permission from governments to perform large-scale, pan-European testing of truck combinations that are linked wirelessly in convoys or ‘platoons’. The system enables truck combinations to drive very close to each other, which presents benefits in terms of fuel consumption, and therefore CO₂ emissions, safety and the flow of traffic.

Each party in the EcoTwin consortium is contributing its own specific knowledge and experience. NXP is taking care of the wireless, state-of-the-art communication system between both vehicles through the use of cameras, sensors, radar and Wifi-P. As a leading consultancy firm, Ricardo is providing advice in terms of the functional safety of the systems. TNO (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research) is contributing to the complete concept, the software and the synergy of all new technologies. In addition to the integration of all systems in the vehicles, DAF Trucks is taking care of all testing activities.

The Challenge will demonstrate that a second vehicle is technically capable of automatically following the combination ahead, using Wifi-P, radar and cameras. Within the context of the EcoTwin project, it has already been demonstrated that the second vehicle is also capable of steering automatically. However, the emphasis during the Challenge will be on autonomous acceleration and braking, with the planned distance between both combinations of 0.5 seconds, which at a speed of 50mph (80km/h) approximates to a distance of 33ft (10m).

One unique aspect of the EcoTwin combination is the advanced Wifi-P connection, developed by NXP and specially designed for automotive applications. The rapid speed of the communication enables both DAF trucks to drive even closer together. The Wifi-P also allows the drivers of the EcoTwin combinations to communicate with each other while driving. Everything that the driver in the first truck sees in front of them is projected onto a screen in the second truck.

“It goes without saying that there is still a lot of continued development required before we can introduce platooning as a new technology on the market,” said Ron Borsboom, member of DAF’s board with responsibility for product development. “This is definitely not a process that will be complete before 2020. There is still a great deal that has to be sorted out in terms of legislation, liability and acceptance. In conjunction with TNO, NXP and Ricardo, we will be demonstrating during the European Truck Platooning Challenge that truck platooning is technically possible. This demonstration should pave the way for truck manufacturers to be allowed to carry out further testing of the technology on public roads, in order to acquire even more experience. It is now up to politicians to make this possible.”

April 1, 2016

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